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Howard Bertram Aison Papers, circa 1919-1964, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Jay Gaidmore

Collection Overview

Title: Howard Bertram Aison Papers, circa 1919-1964, undated

ID: 00/MG 61

Primary Creator: Aison, Howard B. (Howard Bertram) (1920-1997)

Extent: 5.7 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into seven series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Military Records; Series III: Student Papers; Series IV: Printed Material; Series V: Maps; Series VI: Photographs; and Series VII: Oversized Materials.

Date Acquired: 06/22/1999

Subjects: Aison, Howard B. (Howard Bertram), 1920-1997, Korean War, 1950-1953, Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans, United States. Army, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945--Veterans

Languages: English, Korean

Abstract

Aison was a career Army officer who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. This collection primarily relates to his service in these wars. Includes correspondence, photographs, citations, orders, diaries and recollections, unit histories, artifacts, and maps.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, military training manuals, orders, diaries, recollections, unit histories, commendations, printed material, artifacts, and maps related to Howard Bertram Aison's service in the United States Army. The bulk of the collection documents his participation in World War II , Korean War, and Vietnam War. Papers accumulated during Aison's years as a student at Georgetown University are also included.

Collection Historical Note

Howard Bertram Aison was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 7, 1920. He served almost his entire life in the United States Army, serving in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He attended Georgetown University, graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. He also participated in ROTC. On June 4, 1942, Aison was drafted into the United States Army. Although he had taken ROTC courses in college he chose to remain an enlisted man, feeling that he was not prepared to be an officer. He served in the 77th Ordnance Depot Company taking part in the Allied campaigns in North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and Germany.

After the war, Aison returned to civilian life, married, and began working as a salesman. He did not enjoy civilian life, however, and chose to reenlist in the Army, this time as an officer. He was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Department on August 6, 1948. On March 7, 1951, he was promoted to first Lieutenant in the Infantry and, a year later, was ordered to Korea. Aison was first assigned as a United Nations liaison officer with the 2nd Infantry Division, 8th Army. He was responsible for acting as the liaison between the U.S. Division and the United Nations' units serving with it. He then became a platoon leader in a weapons platoon, and then a rifle platoon. On July 6, 1952, he was awarded a Bronze star for actions during a patrol. He was transferred to Civil Assistance in the 2nd Division, where he took an active role in the formation of the "Friendship Home," an orphanage for Korean children. On July 31, 1953 he was promoted to Captain and returned home from Korea in September.

From March 1962 to March 1963, Aison served as senior advisor to the 6th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, I Corps, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. On October 21, 1963, he was awarded a Bronze star with first Oak Leaf cluster for "meritorious duty against hostile forces." He retired from the United States Army in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He resided in Virginia Beach where he worked in imports and exports and invested in real estate. In 1974, he separated from his wife, but never divorced. On August 28, 1997, Lt. Colonel Howard Bertram Aison (ret.) died in Virginia Beach.

Subject/Index Terms

Aison, Howard B. (Howard Bertram), 1920-1997
Korean War, 1950-1953
Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans
United States. Army
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 8 Hollinger document cases and 2 oversize boxes

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restriction.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Gerald P. Gaidmore

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A98-5

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Lt. Colonel Howard Bertram Aison Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence, 1951-1953],
[Series II: Military Records, 1942-1964, undated],
[Series III: Student Papers, circa 1938-1942],
[Series IV: Printed Material, 1918-1956, undated],
[Series V: Maps and Overlays, undated],
[Series VI: Photographs, circa 1942-1964, undated],
[Series VII: Oversized Materials, 1919-1958, undated],
[All]

Series I: Correspondence, 1951-1953
This series contains letters Aison sent his wife while serving in the United States Army. The letters document his experiences training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (August - December 1951) and Camp Gordon, Georgia (January 1952), and his service in Korea (March 1952 - September 1953). Some of the topics discussed in the letters include training and drilling, a soldier's social life, an assessment of the military situation in Korea in 1952, life at the front, French and British fighting forces, the bombing of enemy lines, bunker construction, interaction with soldiers from the Republic of Korea, supply problems, dealing with guerillas, the black market, Korean National Policemen, and peace talks. A letter dated April 2, 1952 includes surrender leaflets fired into enemy lines. A letter dated July 6, 1952 recounts the patrol for which he was awarded a bronze star including citation, map of patrol, and interrogation of prisoners. A letter dated March 22, 1953 discusses the exploits of Courtney Mansfield, an African-American soldier.
Box 1
Folder 1: Fort Leonard Wood, 1951 August
Folder 2: Fort Leonard Wood, 1951 September
Folder 3: Fort Leonard Wood, 1951 November-December
Folder 4: Fort Leonard Wood, 1951 November-December
Folder 5: Chinese People's Volunteers Christmas Card, 1951
Folder 6: Camp Gordon (Georgia), 1952 January 1-15
Folder 7: Camp Gordon (Georgia), 1952 January 16-31
Folder 8: Korea, 1952 March
Folder 9: Korea, 1952 April
Folder 10: Korea, 1952 May
Folder 11: Korea, 1952 June-July
Folder 12: Korea, 1952 August
Folder 13: Korea, 1952 September
Folder 14: Korea, 1952 October
Folder 15: Korea, 1952 November
Folder 16: Korea, 1952 December
Folder 17: Korea, 1953 January
Box 2
Folder 1: Korea, 1953 February
Folder 2: Korea, 1953 March
Folder 3: Korea, 1953 April
Folder 4: Korea, 1953 May
Folder 5: Korea, 1953 June
Folder 6: Korea, 1953 July
Folder 7: Korea, 1953 August
Folder 8: Korea, 1953 September
Series II: Military Records, 1942-1964, undated
This series contains military records documenting Aison's service in the United States Army. Included in the series are orders, service medals, recollections of his service, and military training material, among others.
Sub-Series A: World War II, 1942-1945, undated
This sub-series includes an induction notice, promotion certificates, orders, customs declarations for war trophies, a diary, and recollections from Aison's time in the United States Army during World War II. The diary records his service during the war in 1945. The recollections detail Aison's service in Anzio, Italy and Southern France. Other material of note are instructions for the treatment of the enemy, instructions for the conduct of U.S. troops in North Africa, and a history of the 77th Ordnance Depot Company.
Box 2
Folder 9: Timeline and Notes of Service, 1942-1945
Folder 10: Draft Induction, Promotion Certificate, FDR Form Letter, undated
Folder 11: Orders, 1943 February-1944 February
Folder 12: Diary, 1945
Folder 13: Recollections - Anzio, undated
Folder 14: Recollections - Italy, undated
Folder 15: Recollections - Southern France, undated
Folder 16: History of the 77th Ordnance Depot Company, undated
Folder 17: Home Address of the 77th Ordnance Depot Company, undated
Folder 18: Certificates, Affidavits, and Custom Declarations - War Trophies, undated
Folder 19: Vital Information on Conduct of U.S. Troops; Instructions for Treatment of Enemy, undated
Sub-Series B: Korea, 1951-1953, undated
This sub-series includes records from Aison's time in the Korean War. Material found in the sub-series include orders, training bulletins, commendations, recommendations for bravery and promotions, and standard operating procedures for civil affairs. Of note are the training bulletins relating to patrol actions, the combat leaders guide, and general orders for sentinels, and an ID card and pass issued to Korean civilians.
Box 2
Folder 20: Orders, 1951-1953
Folder 21: Recommendations and Commendations for Heroism, Promotion, and Superior Service, undated
Folder 22: Financial Documents, undated
Folder 23: 2nd Infantry Division Civil Affairs (I), undated
Folder 24: 2nd Infantry Division Civil Affairs (II), undated
Folder 25: Staff Director - 2nd Infantry Division, 1953 September 1
Folder 26: The Friendship House, undated
Folder 27: Security Codes, undated
Folder 28: Training Bulletin, Patrol Plan, 1952
Folder 29: General Orders for Sentinels, Combat Leaders Guide, undated
Folder 30: Employee ID Card and Pass (Korean and English Language), undated
Sub-Series C: Vietnam, 1962, undated
This sub-series contains military records of Aison while in the Vietnam War. Material found in this sub-series include orders issued in 1962, and a certificate for the Bronze Star.
Box 2
Folder 31: Award of Bronze Star Medal, undated
Folder 32: Orders, 1962 November 21
Sub-Series D: Training, 1961-1964, undated
This sub-series includes training material collected from various training schools such as: The U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Manpower Control Officers Course at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Noteworthy is the syllabi, course descriptions, and training manuals from the U.S. Army Special Warfare School.
Box 2
Folder 33: U.S. Army Infantry School - Ft. Benning, Georgia, undated
Folder 34: Manpower Control Officers Course (I), 1961
Folder 35: Manpower Control Officers Course (II), 1961
Folder 36: Manpower Control Officers Course (III), 1961
Box 3
Folder 1: Manpower Control Officers Course (IV), 1961
Folder 2: Manpower Control Officers Course (V), 1961
Folder 3: Manpower Control Officers Course (VI), 1961
Folder 4: Manpower Control Officers Course (VII), 1961
Folder 5: Manpower Control Officers Course (VIII), 1961
Folder 6: Manpower Control Officers Course (IX), 1961
Folder 7: Manpower Control Officers Course (X), 1961
Folder 8: U.S. Army Special Warfare School - Syllabi, 1964
Folder 9: U.S. Army Special Warefare School - Counterinsurgency Operations Officers Course, 1964
Folder 10: "Pre-requisites for Resistance Movements and Guerrilla Operations" Counter Insurgency Dept., U.S. Army Special Warefare School, undated
Folder 11: "Communist Ideology Strategy and Tactics" Counter Insurgengy Dept., U.S. Army Special Warfare School, undated
Folder 12: "Readings in Guerrilla Warfare" U.S. Army Special Warfare School (Fort Bragg), undated
Folder 13: "Readings in Psychological Operations" Table of Contents, undated
Folder 14: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section I "Famous Propaganda Documents", undated
Folder 15: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section II "The Nature of Psychological Operations", undated
Folder 16: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section III "Target Analysis", undated
Folder 17: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section IV "Psychological Operations Intelligence and Propaganda Analysis", undated
Folder 18: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section V "Propaganda Development", undated
Folder 19: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section VI "Psychological Operations Planning", undated
Folder 20: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section VII "Propaganda Media", undated
Folder 21: "Readings in Psychological Warfare" - Section VIII "Communism and Communist Propaganda", undated
Box 4
Folder 1: Certificates of Completion, undated
Sub-Series E: General Records, 1948-1961
This sub-series consists of promotion material for Aison while in the United States Army.
Box 4
Folder 2: Promotions, 1948-1961
Series III: Student Papers, circa 1938-1942
This series includes essays and notes relating to courses in international law, and exporting while Aison was at Georgetown University. Of interest are notes pertaining to hypnotism, and a list of the Dewey Decimal System.
Box 4
Folder 3: Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service - International Law, circa 1938-1942
Folder 4: School of Foreign Service - Georgetown University - Exporting I-304, circa 1938-1942
Folder 5: Government Export Policies, circa 1938-1942
Folder 6: Essays (I), circa 1938-1942
Folder 7: Essays (II), circa 1938-1942
Folder 8: Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service - Staple Commodities of World Trade (I), circa 1938-1942
Folder 9: Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service - Staple Commodities of World Trade (II), circa 1938-1942
Folder 10: Notes on Hypnotism, circa 1938-1942
Folder 11: Dewey Decimal System, circa 1938-1942
Series IV: Printed Material, 1918-1956, undated
Box 4
Folder 12: Democracy Faces Communism Series No. 1-10, undated
Folder 13: Foreign Service Log, Vol. III, No. 1-3, 5-14, 1940 October-1941 May
Folder 14: Foreign Service Log, Vol. IV, No. 1, 4-6, 8, 1941 October-1942 April
Box 5
Folder 1: "Second to None" A Short History of Second Infantry Division, 1918-1952
Folder 2: "Blood and Fire" Victory in Europe 63rd Infantry Division, undated
Folder 3: "Don't Be a Sucker in Germany" Special Orders for German-American Relations Deutsche Flugzeuge, undated
Folder 4: "A Pocket Guide to Italy;" "Soldier's Guide to Italy", undated
Folder 5: "Russian Language Guide", undated
Folder 6: "The Airborne" - Classbook Airborne Class 12, 1956 June 29
Series V: Maps and Overlays, undated
This series contains maps and overlays of regions and countries throughout the world. They appear to have been used for military strategic purposes for Division Operations, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Ft. Leavenworth).
Box 6
Folder 1: Alaska, undated
Folder 2: Austria (Amstetten - Wieselburg), undated
Folder 3: Austria and Italy, undated
Folder 4: Europe, undated
Folder 5: Germany (Erfurt - Weissenfels), undated
Folder 6: Germany (Essen - Bochum), undated
Folder 7: Germany (Hof - Plauen), undated
Folder 8: Japan (Chitese - Iwanizawa), undated
Folder 9: Poland and Germany, undated
Box 7
Folder 1: Puerto Rico (Ponce), undated
Folder 2: South Africa, undated
Folder 3: Southwestern Asia, undated
Folder 4: Southwest Asia (Damascus - Moussa Ler), undated
Folder 5: United States (Oklahoma City - Wichita Falls), undated
Folder 6: Western United States (Kansas), undated
Folder 7: Maps and Overlays (No Geographic Distinction), undated
Folder 8: Item Inventory, undated
Series VI: Photographs, circa 1942-1964, undated
This series contains photographs documenting Aison's service in the military, primarily during World War II and Vietnam. Many of the photographs from World War II are labeled. Of note are two scrapbooks containing photographs of his service in Vietnam. Also of interest are postcards of Paris and Constantine, Algeria, and five panorama photos. Two of the panoramas are from his father's service in World War I.
Box 8
Folder 1: World War II (Numbered with Index), circa 1942-1945
Folder 2: World War II (Labeled), circa 1942-1945
Folder 3: World War II (Labeled), circa 1942-1945
Folder 4: World War II (Unlabeled), circa 1942-1945
Folder 5: Vietnam (I), circa 1961-1964
Folder 6: Vietnam (II), circa 1961-1964
Folder 7: Military, undated
Folder 8: Holiday Greetings, undated
Folder 9: Postcards - Constantine, Algeria, undated
Folder 10: Prints - Paris (Labeled), undated
Folder 11: Prints - Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 12: Negatives, undated
Box 9
Item 1: Panorama Photographs, undated
Box 10
Item 1: Photo Album - Vietnam, circa 1962-1963
Includes photographs of landscapes, local Vietnamese citizens, and images of casualties of Vietnam conflict.
Box 11
Item 1: Vietnam War Photo Album, Part I, circa 1962-1964
Photo album featuring daily life of American soldiers in Vietnam, training Vietnamese soldiers, landscapes of Vietnam, military demonstrations, and other images of Vietnamese culture.
Item 2: Vietnam War Photo Album, Part II, circa 1962-1964
Photo album featuring daily life of American soldiers in Vietnam, training Vietnamese soldiers, landscapes of Vietnam, military demonstrations, and other images of Vietnamese culture.
Series VII: Oversized Materials, 1919-1958, undated
This series includes promotional posters for bullfighting events in Spain, a color sketch of a young boy, certificates and diplomas for military training and from schools Aison attended.
Box 9
Item 2: Promotional Poster for a Bullfighting Event in Spain, 1919
Item 3: Promotional Poster for a Bullfighting Event in Spain, 1947
Item 4: Promotional Poster for a Bullfighting Event in Spain, 1958
Item 5: Color Sketch of a Young Boy, undated
Item 6: Military Training Certificates, undated
Item 7: Bryn Mawr School Certificate, undated
Item 8: Hirsch High School Diploma, 1938
Item 9: Georgetown University Diploma, 1942
Item 10: Certificate of Confirmation, 1935

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence, 1951-1953],
[Series II: Military Records, 1942-1964, undated],
[Series III: Student Papers, circa 1938-1942],
[Series IV: Printed Material, 1918-1956, undated],
[Series V: Maps and Overlays, undated],
[Series VI: Photographs, circa 1942-1964, undated],
[Series VII: Oversized Materials, 1919-1958, undated],
[All]

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